Happy Dogs Unleashed

We are group of neighbors/citizens interested in creating an off leash dog park who decided to work together to make it happen. We want you to be involved too, so please contact us if you want to help or be involved, even in a small way.

Things are moving right along with the park. Under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department, the following business donated time and supplies to make the picnic shelter for the dog park:

  • Nielsen Construction
  • Valley Building Supply
  • Superior Concrete
  • A&J Excavating
  • Contracting Unlimited
  • Engineering Solutions
  • Leadership Class of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Camber of Commerce (picnic tables)

A very big thank you to all involved.

Next is the fence... bids are coming in for the job now. Once the fence is up and turf well established we will be hosting the "leash" cutting ceremony. We are hoping for July to open the Smithland Dog Park! Thank you for your continued interest and support. Without you we would not be this close to making our dream a reality.

Mission Statement

To create a fenced-in, off leash dog park where well behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property, or wildlife.

To develop a beautiful, eco-friendly and well maintained space, using recycled materials whenever possible, open to dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and regulations.

To view the park as a community project intended to be a multi-generational park, open to all, in partnership with the City of Harrisonburg.

To promote education, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible and well behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and with the support of the community.

Tee Shirts

Happy Dogs Unleashed tee shirts are available for purchase at our monthly meeting.


Canine Park Moving Along In Friendly City - Article appeared in the Daily News Record on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Check out the dog park shelter currently under construction at the dog park site! Many thanks to Nielsen Builders, the City Parks and Rec Department, Valley Building Supply, Superior Concrete, A & J Excavating, Contracting Unlimited, and Engineering Solutions -- all instrumental in getting this done! Next up ... the fence! Woof!

  • Holes for the Shelter were dug.
  • Posts are in place.
  • Concrete is coming.
  • Hauling stone.
  • Construction on the shelter.

We would like to renew our presence to City Council. Please send a positive dog park promoting comment to a City Council member. Let them know how much you would like to have a dog park in Harrisonburg.

We appreciate your continued interest and desire for a dog park. We are so close to making it a reality. Please spread the word, volunteer, write, donate - every little bit helps. We are thankful for you and the dogs